Hawaiian Dick, Volume 1: Byrd of Paradise

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In 1953 Hawaii, the supernatural manifestations of the islands' myths and legends lie just around every corner.
Exiled stateside detective Byrd finds himself immersed in a dark paradise of exotic bar girls, murdered beauties, and high speed chases along the scenic Hawaiian coast, and the mysterious Night Marchers of the Pali Highway.
The psychic Madame Chan, the eccentric but deadly Bishop Masaki and a ...
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Overview

In 1953 Hawaii, the supernatural manifestations of the islands' myths and legends lie just around every corner.
Exiled stateside detective Byrd finds himself immersed in a dark paradise of exotic bar girls, murdered beauties, and high speed chases along the scenic Hawaiian coast, and the mysterious Night Marchers of the Pali Highway.
The psychic Madame Chan, the eccentric but deadly Bishop Masaki and a restless corpse complete the mix in this introductory slice of tropical noir.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This fun romp takes readers to 1953 Hawaii, where washed-up and beaten-down private detective Byrd finds himself embroiled in an island mystery beyond his mainland expertise. A gangster's girlfriend is kidnapped, and Byrd is hired by both the gangster and the kidnapper. But as in any good crime novel, he finds more than he expected; ancient tribal customs, zombies and good old-fashioned forensic work all come into play. Moore has a knack for swift crime fiction dialogue and fun details like jazz records and Hawaiian lingo. But it's Griffin's art that sets the series apart. He delineates the landscape in subtle pastels and fluid, detailed cartooning, and handles the characters with equal aplomb. The characters' expressions are lifelike and well accented, and he relates the few real action sequences clearly and with some excitement. This volume collects the first three issues in the series and includes over 50 pages of extra material, including early strips, sketches, notes and even cocktail recipes. The whole package is carried off with a sense of wit and craft not often seen in genre comics and should charm both crime fiction and tiki lovers. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582403175
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Publication date: 9/9/2003
  • Series: Hawaiian Dick Series , #1
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    A noir fan's dream come true

    Hawaiian Dick is follows a classic film noir style detective story. The story is about a WWII vet who was forced to exile from the mainland US to Hawaii for some unknown reason (which is eventually revealed). He has a P.I. business going, and when he's hired by a Hawaiian crime boss to find a missing woman, him and his friend, Mo (who's a police officer) get involved in a lot more than they bargained for, including encounters with elements of Hawaii's spiritual culture. The writing is excellent and the art is just incredible. The colors resemble pastels and excellently capture the vibrant colors of the Hawiian days and the dark and creepy Hawaiian nights. The TPB is also loaded with extras including reviews, cover art, alt. cover art, character sketches, comic strips from Image's site, e-mail discussions between the two creators, and even drink recepies. This is a great noir tale and I recomend it to not only fans of the genre, but anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Detective Noir meets The X-Files in the tropical setting of 1950's Hawaii

    Originally published as a three-issue comic series by Image, Hawaiian Dick is written by B. Clay Moore with art by Steven Griffin. Moore, with his witty storytelling and crisp dialogue, keeps the pace of the book at an all-time high, while Steven Griffin's painted-like art may very well be some of the best in the industry today (he was promptly nominated for the famed 'Russ Manning Award' after the series hit the stands). His elaborate use of color immediately catches the eye, breathing life into the tropical setting of the book. The story takes place in 1953, in Honolulu, which has yet to receive the massive facelift that would turn the city into a modern tourist paradise, and hence still features many echoes of old Hawaii. Byrd, a stateside cop who has been thrown off the force, visits his old army pal Mo Kalama on Hawaii, where he helps him solve cases that fall just beyond the jurisdiction of the police. During one such cases, Byrd is hired to retrieve a 1949 Buick Roadster, which has been stolen on the Pali highway, and has 'a special cargo' in it's trunk. What first seems to be an ordinary theft case, rapidly becomes much more, when Byrd and Mo discover that the disappearance of the vehicle and it's passengers may well tie into an ancient tale of Hawaiian folklore, a tale about the Night Marchers. These are said to be the centuries-old spirits of King Kamehameha's elite warriors who still walk the Islands, and the tale warns that failure to show the Marchers the respect they earned in life will result in death. Byrd and Mo rapidly find themselves in over their heads, as not only the Night Marchers indeed make a spectacular appearance, but also the notorious drugs lord of the Islands, Bishop Masaki, turns out to be the owner of the lost cargo. And Bishop Masaki is not a man to be trifled with...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    Fun book, cool art

    Hawaiian Dick is a fun read -- plenty of cool moments, the pacing is solid, and Griffin's art knocks my eyes out. My brother-in-law even enjoyed it, and he isn't a comic reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    1950's Noir at it's best!

    Writer B. Clay Moore and artist Steve Griffin score a win with their Hawaiian Dick Trade Paper Back. Moore captures the feel of a classic 1950's pulp noir with Hawaiian Dick and his character Byrd. Artist Griffin captures the look and feel of the time period with his colorful and textured artwork and coloring. Unlike most TPB's, Byrd of Paradise actually gives the reader tons of extras in addition to the three issues that make-up what is hopefully the first of many story arcs set in this universe. There's even a nice little surprise swag for buyers of the TPB. If you buy only one TPB this year, buy this one. Hawaiian Dick appeals to both comic book fans and crime fans alike, as well as someone just looking for a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2003

    Brilliant and Completely Original

    It's like LA Confidential and Hawaii Five O, mixed with the best Romero has to offer. It's strikingly beautiful, and is a great way to start a collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    If you like Elvis, mysteries or ghost stories, this is for you

    I am a big fan of this book. It captures the mood and atmosphere so well, not just of Hawaii, which is in many ways timeless, but also the fifties. The fifties when everything was beautiful and polite and charming on the surface, but beneath there was something lurking. There was the cold war, there was the insidious sameness of suburbia as it grew like a fungus. But here, it's the warm, friendly Hawaii of the fifties when Elvis was king, palm trees on every corner, jazz and blues out of every radio and gin joint and zombies when the sun goes down. What? Oh, yeah, it's got supernatural undercurrents. Writer B. Clay Moore has captured the spirit of the islands, film noir and horror and mixed it all together into something very original. The main character of Byrd feels so real and believable, I feel like he's someone I've met. The artwork by Steven Griffin probably helps set the tone more than anything else, actually. His characters all look different from one another but tangible and interesting. And hip. At its core, this is a detective story. But I just can't spoil anything about the tale itself, you've got to enjoy it for yourself. Suffice it to say, the combination of writing and art has created what I honestly think of as a 'Casablanca' of comic stories. Everything just falls into place to create a story that alternates between charming and nerve-wracking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Hawaiian Dick

    Hawaiian Dick is a clever and fun noir-ish detective story with a hint of the macabre set in 1950s Hawaii, and features a colorful cast of characters that alone make this worth the read. B. Clay Moore's storytelling is top notch and Steven Griffin's art is unique and inspiring, making for one of the absolute best comics I've read in recent history. I gave a copy to a friend of mine who doesn't normally read comics and he loved it. It's perfect for the non-comics fan, because it doesn't feature spandex-clad superheroes and isn't dumbed down for a childhood audience. Hawaiian Dick is witty, clever and fun, and you're doing yourself a disservice by not reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    good choice

    Good choice. This is an excellent start to all things B. Clay Moore. Although not quite as visually stunning as The Last Resort, it just goes to show how far Steven Griffin has progressed. Overall an excellent worthwhile read, with loads of extras. Much better than Youngblood: Bloodsport! I give it five stars for flavor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Classic Crime Noir

    I've read hawiian dick from the get go. Great writing, great art, and some very cool extras in the comics. I'm gonna pick up the trade to see what extras are in that. If you want something off the beaten path, there's nothing better than hawiian dick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Very Worthy of your Fifteen Bucks

    This book is one of the finest new comics to come down the pipe in recent history from new creators. Writer B. Clay Moore and Artist Steven Griffin do a wonderful job of telling the story of a 50's era detective in Hawaii. If you're a fan of comics, or even if you have never read one, pick this up, it won't disappoint.

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